Predators Reach Round 2, Penguins Avoid Elimination

David Legwand scored in the final period as the Nashville Predators recorded a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings to advance to the Western Conference semifinals in the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup playoffs.

In the other game last night, the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 to force Game 6 in their best-of-seven series.

At Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Alexander Radulov scored his first goal of the playoffs with four minutes left in the first period to give the Predators a 1-0 lead. Jiri Hudler evened the score at 1-1 in the second period before Legwand sealed the victory 13 seconds into the final period.

The Predators won their series 4-1.

At Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Tyler Kennedy gave the Penguins the go-ahead goal midway through the second period. Pittsburgh, which trailed the series 3-0, have won the past two games to avoid elimination by the Flyers.

Matt Carle gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead, while Steve Sullivan tied the game at 1-1. Scott Hartnell ended the first-period scoring with a goal at 17 minutes, 35 seconds as the Flyers claimed a 2-1 advantage.

Jordan Staal tallied his sixth playoff goal and Kennedy cemented the victory in the second period for the Penguins who travel to Philadelphia for Game 6 tomorrow.

In today’s games, the Washington Capitals are at the Boston Bruins, the New Jersey Devils visit the Florida Panthers and the New York Rangers host the Ottawa Senators. Those series are tied at 2-2.

The St. Louis Blues can advance to the second round with a victory at home over the San Jose Sharks today, while the Chicago Blackhawks will try to avoid elimination on the Phoenix Coyotes’ home ice.

(Corrects to Devils in eighth paragraph.)
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